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Vicky Cristina Barcelona [Blu-ray]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz (Volver) and Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson (The Nanny Diaries) light up the stunning city of Barcelona in this sexy romantic comedy. Vicky and Cristina are two young Americans spending a summer in Spain, who meet a charming Casanova and his beautiful but volatile ex-wife. When they all become romantically entangled, the smoldering sparks begin to fly in hilarious fashion. Critics rave, Vicky Cristina Barcelona is one of Woody Allen s finest films, with bravura performances from its incredible cast (Jeffrey Lyons, Reel Talk/NBC).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multicultural exchange Feb. 23 2009
By Brian Ashe TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Two beautiful young women arrive in Barcelona for a bit of quiet study (Vicky) and more man hunting (Christina), and they both find a gorgeous painter (Javier Bardem - I barely recognized him) hard to resist. Then they meet his wife, played wonderfully by Penelope Cruz. A sumptuously shot, low key, romantic movie with a few twists. The humour underlying the script, the love of life; you'd hardly associate this film with Woody Allen. One of his best ever.
I especially appreciated the scenes in Spanish between Bardem and Cruz(subtitled, of course). The barely suppressed violence, the instability of their relationship. The menage a trois is artfully managed; the sexuality is without overt nudity. Strongly recommended as one of the best of 2008.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER
I'm an Allen fan. For me this was not a one of his great films, but was an
entertaining, diverting one, with two terrific performances by Javier
Bardem and Penelope Cruz, a very good one by Rebecca Hall, and a decent
one by Scarlett Johanssen.

The key flaw for me-- Johanssen's character comes off as very shallow, so the complexity
of her relationships with Bardem and Cruz never seem more than
adolescent. I realize that's ultimately part of the point of the film,
but here it's way too obvious from minute one, not something we slowly
discover, and in turn that keeps the film from
ultimately feeling deeper and more complex.

None-the-less, a romantic bittersweet film I've enjoyed well enough to go back and re-watch.

Interestingly, even more than most of Allen's films this seems to ignite very different reactions
from viewer to viewer, so I'd encourage you to check it out for yourself
if you have any interest in the elements.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "....only unfulfilled love can be romantic" Jan. 28 2009
By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"I have spoke with the tongue of angels
I have held the hand of a devil
It was warm in the night
I was cold as a stone

But I still haven't found what I'm looking for"

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. There's Vicky (Rebecca Hall)
2. There's Cristina (Scarlett Johansson)
3. There's Barcelona (the place in Spain, with the rain on the plain)
4. There's your movie title
5. Vicky and Cristina visit Barcelona one summer
6. Vicky's engaged, Cristina still hasn't found what she's looking for
7. They find Juan (Javier Bardem, who sure cleans up nicely once he puts away that captive bolt cow stunning gun)
8. He makes them an offer they can't refuse, but for different reasons
9. Wine, dinner and Spanish guitar follow
10. Things get crazy when the gorgeous ex-wife (Penelope Cruz in a wonderful scene-stealing performance) shows up
11. They manage a ménage
12. Deux, trois, quatre - what's the difference?
13. All good things ......
14. ..... and we come to the end

This is a rich and riotous recount of romance and reckless relationships, loaded with love, lust and loathing and lastly, leaving and longing.

Recommended for fans of:
1. Woody Allen's better movies
2. Movies with narrators
3. A de-Chigurh-ed and positively smoldering Bardem
4. Muy caliente Penelope Cruz
5. That Scarlett chick

Amanda Richards
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Javier and Penelope steal the show June 1 2009
I was never a huge fan of Penelope Cruz until I saw this film. She totally steals the show and her Oscar was well deserved.
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